Our newest release just hit the pattern line over at Patterns for Pirates and it is seriously the CUTEST pattern ever! The Flutter Wrap is the newest in the family of pirate patterns and I was super excited to make a few versions for myself. Typically, cross-front tops freak me out because I feel like it makes my busty self look ever more va-va-voom than normal. But something about a true wrap that allows me to pull it as tight or as loose as I want it makes the extra cleavage okay to let fly. Or at least that’s what I tell myself!
While I, of course, wanted to make a super fancy dress version — I thought my first sew for this pattern would be best as a more casual top. There are many ways you can mix and match the options, and I chose to make the top length, no flounces, and use a basic set-in sleeve. It pairs perfectly with this alpaca brushed sweater knit that I sent out a few months ago in my Threads of the Month subscription service.
What I like most about this pattern is that the bodice pieces are one continuous piece. There’s no waist seam. And while normally I like fitted patterns to have a waist seam so I can play with my curves more, it’s a treat to have a full piece on a pattern like this. It sews together quite easily and you have less pieces to mess around with.
Bennett called me cute as soon as he saw me in this sweater, and that’s exactly how I feel in it: cute. It’s a fitted pattern but it doesn’t feel like it’s squeezing me. It’s got a side of sexy without feeling like I’m getting ready to go clubbing. And it can pair with a million different fabrics for about a million different looks.
Making it in a sweater knit was my best idea….pretty much ever. Obviously if I’m going to be in the office, I’ll throw a cami underneath for some extra coverage. But if you’re not someone who likes wearing layers under things, it would be simple to adjust the opening for more coverage. There is actually an entire post on the P4P site for some “easy hacks” to help make small alterations to the pattern. And one of them even walks you through adding bands to the neckline instead of hemming it, to give a little more front coverage. Check it out here: EASY HACKS.
This fabric came from the monthly fabric service that I operate via Thread & Grain. It’s called Threads of the Month and it is SO FUN for me, and something I look forward to each month!
**updated 3/24/22: I retired TOTM and re-opened under the Patterns for Pirates name: Fabric for Pirates! Same concept, same awesome happy fabric mail, just a new name!
As a lover of fabric and sewing and color, my goal is to deliver some amazing fabrics to you — of which you can turn around and make some amazing threads for yourself. Each month, you will receive 2-yards of knit fabrics (on varying bases) in the mail. Most of the time it will be a continuous 2-yard length, but we might surprise you with some coordinating prints from time to time.
Patterns: Flutter Wrap by Patterns for Pirates
Fabric: Thread + Grain’s September 2019 Threads of the Month